Sweet Cole Slaw for BBQ

At a recent BBQ competition, we sold Cole Slaw as a side.  Cole Slaw is all about the dressing. Really, it’s just a bunch of bland vegetables that you have to somehow “dress” up.

Bowl of Cole Slaw
The fact we can now buy the pre-sliced cabbage/carrot mixture makes me so happy I could cry.  It’s SO worth the extra $1 to buy these pre-cut packages.  Maybe I say this because when I make Cole Slaw to sell for a crowd, I make jugs of it.

Slaw 1

I was asked repeatedly for this recipe by customers at the last competition.  A few actually even called me out on the fact that I didn’t have this recipe posted.  So here it is, concerned bbq competition customers -my homemade Cole Slaw recipe – enjoy!

Sweet Cole Slaw for BBQ

Shredded cabbage and carrots are mixed with a sweet but spicy dressing to make an incredible Cole slaw!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 225 kcal


  • For Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeno - seeded and diced fine
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bag of pre-cut cabbage and carrots
  • 1/3 cup red onion shredded (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients and shake well. Mix with the dressing.
  • Can let it sit overnight.


Some people are highly sensitive to the texture of raw onions. You can add 1/3 of a cup of shredded red onions to this recipe for an extra layer of flavor if desired but this ingredient can be skipped if you have picky eaters!
Keyword Sweet Cole Slaw for BBQ

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